Voice of America – Apr 10, 2009
US officials said the group, which controls parts of Somalia, poses a dilemma. They point to its rapid expansion, ties between its leaders and the al-Qaida …
Wall Street Journal – Apr 10, 2009
As the eminent military historian Sir Michael Howard argued shortly after 9/11, the status of al Qaeda terrorists is to be found in a distinction first made …
Intellectual Conservative – Apr 8, 2009
Since 2003, Somalia has witnessed the growth of a brutal network of Jihad with strong ties to Al-Qaeda. In fact, when the US forces faced a bloody battle in …
CNN – Apr 9, 2009
It is time to change strategy and take the fight to the pirates, as our military predecessors did with great success more than 200 years ago.
Unconventional warfare, against an unconventional enemy. What a novel idea. We handled things better 200 years ago!
New York Times – April 10, 2009
We’re talking about the Barbary Wars, about 200 years ago, when pirates from the Barbary Coast (today’s Morocco, Tunisia, Algeria and Libya) hijacked …
Djibouti (HAN) April 10th, 2009 – Unied states regional based military officials and the Somalia Minister for Fisheries Professor Abdulrahman Ibbi, have found no direct ties between the Somalia Coast pirates and the International Islamic terrorist groups, such as Al-qa’ida or Al-Shabab, but continue to search for signs of links between the two factions in the wake of the Indian Ocean hostage incident; that is close of the Somali city of Kismayo, run by Al-Shabab and Al-Itihad groups. It was not clear whether officials were specifically scrutinizing the Somali pirates who boarded the Maersk Alabama on Tuesday and fled in a lifeboat after taking hostage the cargo ship’s captain.
Strategy Page – Apr 9, 2009
There are over a thousand gunmen attached to pirate gangs in the north, although the group operating off the east coast pay “taxes” to al Shabaab for the …
al Qaida + Pirates = Jihad on the High Seas
Al Qaida has claimed responsibility for the increased pirate attacks off the coast of Somalia this year. So far this year there have been around 60 attacks against cargo ships in the Gulf of Aden, in 2007 there was 13. The islamic pirates are currently holding up to 300 crewmen hostage and 14 cargo ships for ransom.